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George H.W. Bush the 41st President of US

George H.W. Bush was the 41st President of the United States of America. Belonging to the Republican Party, President Bush was in office from 1989-1993. He competed against Michael Dukakis of the Democratic Party and won the Presidential Elections of 1988.

George H.W. Bush
George H.W Bush is one of the most well known Presidents of the United States of America. He was born on 12th June 1924 in Massachusetts, USA. Soon after his birth, the Bush family shifted to Greenwich, Connecticut. President Bush had a sound formal education. His education began in the Greenwich County Day School. the next phase of his education was carried out in the Phillips Academy. From his school days, it was evident that George H.W Bush had excellent leadership qualities. He headed several committees in his school. He was also an avid sportsman, as he was the captain of the Yale University soccer and baseball teams. In 1945, he married Barbara Pierce.

President George H.W Bush committed himself to the welfare of the United States of America from a very young age. At the age of 18, he was already a part of the US Navy.

He was the youngest pilot, who had shown the capacity to fly 58 combat missions in the Second World War. He was also a torpedo bomber pilot, and was shot down by a Japanese anti aircraft before a US submarine rescued him. the Distinguished Flying Cross was awarded to him as a sign of bravery.

Gradually, President Bush turned his interest towards politics. He was a Congress Representative from Texas for two terms. Apart from that he had also served in many high-profile positions in the United States. Some of the important offices that he held were as follows:

  1. Chief of the U. S. Liaison Office in the People's Republic of China
  2. Chairman of the Republican National Committee
  3. Ambassador to the United Nations
  4. Director of the Central Intelligence Agency

In 1980, had contested for the Presidential Elections, but got defeated and became the Vice-President during the Presidency of Ronald Reagan. He was the 43rd Vice-President of the country and remained in office from 1981-1989. During his active Vice-Presidential,Bush visited a number of foreign countries for diplomatic missions.

Facts
Full Name:George Herbert Walker Bush
Date of Birth:June 12, 1924, Milton, Massachusetts
Parents:Prescott Sheldon and Dorothy Walker Bush
Spouse:Barbara Pierce (1925- ; m. 1945)
Children:George Walker (1946- ); Pauline Robinson (Robin) (1949-1953); John (Jeb) Ellis (1953- ); Neil Mallon (1955- ); Marvin Pierce (1956- ); Dorothy Walker (1959- )
Religion:Methodist
Education:Yale University (B.A., 1948)
Profession(s):Oilman
Government ranks:U.S. Representative from Texas; U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations; CIA director; vice president under Ronald Reagan
Political party:Republican
President Term:January 20, 1989-January 20, 1993
Age when assumed office:64
Presidential Term and its details
Dates:January 20, 1989-January 20, 1993
Vice President:Dan Quayle (1989-92)
Outcome of the Elections
1988Presidential / Vice Presidential CandidatesPopular votesElectoral votes
George Bush / Dan Quayle (Republican)48886097426
Michael Dukakis / Lloyd Bentsen (Democratic)41809074111
Snapshot of Ronald Reagan's life
1924Born in Massachusetts
1967-71Serves as U.S. Representative from Texas
1971-73Serves as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations
1974-75Serves as U.S. Envoy to China
1975-77Serves as director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
1981-89Serves as vice president under Ronald Reagan
1989-93Serves as forty-first U.S. President
1989Cold War ends
1991Gulf War takes place
1992Loses reelection bid to Bill Clinton

In 1988, he contested for the Presidential Elections again and won by a wide margin. He had Senator Dan Quayle from Indiana as his running mate. His tenure as the President saw the collapse of Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War. President Mikhail Gorbachev had to step down. the expertise of Bush in matters of foreign affairs and international diplomacy were well exhibited during his tenure as the President.
He sent American troops to Panama to restrict General Manuel Noriega from disturbing peace conditions in the Panama Canal. Bush was placed under immense stress when the President of Iraq, Saddam Hussain attacked Kuwait and planned to invade Saudi Arabia. Bush decided to free Kuwait and sent almost 425,000 American troops to the place. they were again joined by several allied troops, and Kuwait was finally saved through long and protracted battle.

By the end of his tenure in 1993, Bush's formidable international stature was dampened by widespread resentment back home. there was huge spending on the wars that went deficit from the economy. Violence also erupted in the inner cities of the country. However, his global reputation sustained him even through the worst of his times. Even after his Presidential tenure, he remained a popular figure.

President George H.W Bush has several famous quotations to his name. Few of his well-known quotes are as follows:
  • Please don't ask me to do that which I've just said I'm not going to do, because you're burning up time. the meter is running through the sand on you, and I am now filibustering".
  • I do not like broccoli. And I haven't liked it since I was a little kid and my mother made me eat it. And I'm President of the United States and I'm not going to eat any more broccoli".
  • I'm conservative, but I'm not a nut about it".
  • America is never wholly herself unless she is engaged in high moral principle. We as a people have such a purpose today. It is to make kinder the face of the nation and gentler the face of the world".
  • We are a nation of communities...a brilliant diversity spread like stars, like a thousand points of light in a broad and peaceful sky".
  • It's no exaggeration to say that the undecideds could go one way or another".
  • We don't want an America that is closed to the world. What we want is a world that is open to America".

Last Updated : October 21, 2013